Tuesday, 24 January 2017


Hello everyone.

Thanks for playing along with the stories in my two previous blogposts.  It was fascinating to read what you saw in my paintings, and you had great story ideas.

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I've been in Entertaining-Visitors Land for the past week or so.
No paints, no crayons, no glue, no blog visiting, no computers.

When we have house guests, we go with the flow, the flow of what the guests would like to do.
And I thought, what if after the visitors leave, when we stop going with the flow, we go with the flower instead?

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This was painted with watercolours and watercolour pens.
I rather like the simplicity of it.

And because I had been artistically deprived for so long, I wanted to use every colour in the box.
This one was painted with watercolours and oil pastels.

I wonder which one you prefer?

Linking to "Art Journal Journey" where Erika is asking us to "Tell a story".


Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Oh Sheila, I like both your flowers. That's like asking me to choose between Bleubeard and Squiggles, which I couldn't do, either. Both are truly lovely, and so YOU. Your ability to see so much fantasy in this world amazes me. Have a super day.

Valerie-Jael said...

Both are lovely, but I like the first one best, the colours are so nice. Thanks for joining us again at AJJ! Hugs, Valerie

froebelsternchen Susi said...

I love both Sheila- the first one is like an abstraction and the second one is like a view through a kaleidoscope!I am always amazed with your watercoloring style!
Thank you very much for joining Erika's theme again!
Hope you enjoyed your visitors!!!
Happy rest of the week Sheila!

Beo said...

What a nice idea "to go with a flower" instead of going with the flow.
Actually I can'say which of both pictures I like most. The simplicity
of the first is really wonderful and the colours you have chosen fits
together very good. For some reason the grey seems to be colourful here.
(Although this sound's kind of senseless I' m sure you know what I mean.)
It looks a bit like a placard.

The second is like an explosion of the flowers that are going and want
to take you with them. Will you follow them?

Anonymous said...

They have different qualities...The softer, more colorful one appeals to me greatly, but the more structured one feels tribal somehow, as if they were ancient masks. So both? xox

Meggymay said...

They are both very lovely pieces of art, but if I were pushed into choosing it would be the second one.
Yvonne xx

Let's Art Journal said...

If I really have to choose, I like the simplicity and colours of your first paining! The second one has a hypnotic quality to it, so bright and cheery! Hope you had fun with your house guests and wishing you a happy week! J :-)

Annie said...

This answers my question I have had for a couple of days now...(is the visiting over with). So while I like both paintings, of course, I would be most inclined to go with your second flower. I think it would be quite relaxing to go with the first flower with its mostly quiet color scheme. But as I am a party girl at heart, off I go with the second. I love the colors and fuzzy edges and how they blend and party together.

My name is Erika. said...

I am loving these. Repeating a pattern and playing with color is a blast. Now that I have made all my pages for the month I spent some time today just pushing color around on paper- what fun it was. I can tell you had a lot of fun too. Glad you were able to join us again at AJJ Sheila. Hugs-Erika

johanna said...

both are beautiful in different ways. but the second one would be my favorite of today, as it is so much speaking of summer and after a dull and very cold yesterday it is just what i needed now! xox

sirkkis said...

Hello Sheila! Nice to see you haven't forgotten your pens and brushes. I love your paintings, but the second one is absolutely my favourite. The beautiful colours and texture are gorgeous and eye-catching.
Thank you for visit my site. Have a lovely day ♥♥

SusuPetal said...

Visitors are fun and so is the flow they bring.

I like the combination of crayons and water color, have used it a lot. The way water color acts on paper, when it dodges crayon, finds a new route, it's fun to look at. There's flow and magic! especially if you've used white crayon!

Flower power <3

ULKAU said...

Oh yes, we all long to see colorful flowers in nature, but winter is not over yet - so we have to paint flowers. You do it quite fantastic.
I am very enthusiastic about the first picture, I like the colors, - gray, pink and turquoise are a great combination. But also the clear, the graphic composition is impressive. It's a bit of yin and yang ....

Rike said...

We go with the flow - we go with the flower ... amusing!
The first painting looks like the entry of the second ... now your colours are in full action again and romp over the paper - fantastic!
Of course I like both!
Rike xx

limmelon said...

Guests have gone, isn't the feeling great !! Super work, brilliant colouring. I think I like the Oil Pastels best, although they're both terrific. Love it, Awesome !!

Suman Pandit said...

Sheila, I think you were 'happy with the flow' and 'happier with the Flower'....it just shows in your art and approach to life....hugs

Evergreen Mo said...

I cant decide, they are both great. One needs the other. As usual great use of colours and shapes. I have rediscovered my oil pastel. Fun to work with but I think you are the master.

Tammie Lee said...

they are both lovely in different way.
I enjoy looking at the colors in the second one, so lively.
I like that you made up a word: flow-er
I can't help but read it as a flower.

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

I think they are both fantastic in their own ways, but I prefer the colours of the second :) I'm smiling at the title of going with the flower:) I like to follow them! Cheers xx

kat said...

Ah great to see you back here and that second piece is just bursting with life an explosion of colour, it is my favourite! I'm gripped by the brightness and the beautiful rich colours, a real celebration, you must have been very happy when you made this, it feels so free and joyful, a real treat for my eyes, so good to go with the flowers!

~*~Patty S said...

Your last version is a burst of beauty and delight.
I also like the first piece for its simplicity.
Your flower title has me singing an oldie but a goodie ... if you're coming to San Francisco be sure to wear some flowers in your hair ... I can see a poster that says GO WITH THE FLOWER ;-)
You sound like a lovely host and I bet you need a nice rest after going with the flow of house guests.
Happy almost weekend to you dear Sheila oxo

Gibby Frogett said...

Sorry - can't decide - as both are really fabulous :)
Hope you had a fun time with your visitors - I bet your pens missed you
as much as you missed them.
Gill x

The Happy Whisk said...

That is a tough one because I love them both but for different reasons. But if you made me have to pick, maybe the second but not for the look. But instead because of the fun I imagine would be to use every colour!

Brisa Petala said...

Que encanto suas pinturas eu achei muito linda. Passando para conhecer seu blog. Já estou te seguindo. Um feliz final de semana.

Jackie said...

I don't want to choose as I really like them both, although they are very different. If pushed, I would choose the second, simply because it is so bright and cheerful and that is always good in these dreary winter months!
My artistic juices have been flowing slowly so far this year. Hoping, that will change! Jx

Claudia ClaSpi-Art said...

Oh, I think it's nice to go with the flower. Both pictures are very nice, the first soothes, the colors are covered and tidy. The second is joy, celebration and fun!

Giggles said...

Wonderful... I kind of like the first one because of the great depth and shadows...but then the second one is completely new so how can one choose really! Both so colourful and lovely! Go with the flower is such a good idea...you deserve it after having company that's for sure!! I could go with the flower everyday! I think that little phrase may stick in my mind and be reused!

Hugs Giggles

janie said...

And again Sheila your use of colour is great